IWC Puts Things ‘Right’ With New Big Pilot
Lefties of the world rejoice, your time is now.
IWC Schaffhausen has this morning unveiled a first – a new version of its coveted Big Pilot’s Watch to be worn on the right wrist.
The limited edition piece, know as the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition ‘Right-hander’ brings some practicality to the lefties and will no doubt also appeal to collectors and rebellious fashion types who eschew ‘the rules’.
With almost 40 per cent of pilots thought to be left-handed, it’s also fitting for IWC to develop this line given its strong aeronautical history.
“I’m delighted that we’ve revisited one of the most recognisable icons in the IWC portfolio for this special edition,” chimed IWC Schaffhausen CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr. “We are always striving to push the boundaries of engineering and design, and this new watch really exemplifies this drive. It has all the signature elements you’d expect, but with a crucial difference.”
Limited to 250 pieces, the watch is inspired by the Big Pilot’s Watch calibre ’52 TSC’ from the 1940s. The eye-catching design, which imitates easy-to-read cockpit instruments, sits in a generous case diameter of 46.2mm, while the positioning of the conical shaped crown is (of course) reversed.
Powered by an IWC-manufactured ‘52010 calibre’, the ‘Right-hander’ has a stainless-steel outer case and soft-iron inner case, protecting the movement from magnetic forces. The automatic winding builds up a seven-day power reserve in the twin barrels.
The ‘Right-hander’ will be available at IWC boutiques and authorised retailers from this month, with an exclusive three month run in both Australia and France.